Social Justice Institute Research Lunch Series: “History, Biography and Age: Levels of Inequality in the Life Course”

The Social Justice Institute will hold its first monthly Research Lunch Series event of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Crawford Hall, Room A13.

Photo of Dale DanneferDale Dannefer, the Selah Chamberlain Professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, will present “History, Biography and Age: Levels of Inequality in the Life Course.”

His talk will examine how, in many late modern societies, increasing attention is being paid to the realities of inequality. Although those who focus on inequality have paid little attention to its relation to age, the set of temporally grounded processes associated with individual aging comprise a robust and reliable generator of social inequality. In this talk, Dannefer will review those processes and consider the reasons for their resilience and the possibilities of change.

Dannefer’s scholarly work is concerned with the links between social dynamics and life course processes. A pioneer in developing cumulative advantage theory as an explanatory life-course framework, he has published more than 60 articles, monographs and chapters in sociology, psychology, human development, education and gerontology. Dannefer’s current scholarship focuses on the effects of globalization on life course patterns and the problem of age segregation.

All Research Lunch Series events are free and open to the community.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

For a full calendar of the series, visit